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German Shepherd Shedding: When They Shed and How to Deal with It?

by David W.
German Shepherd Shedding

Shedding is necessary for dogs to have a complete or partial change in their coat and top layers of skin. How many times a year does this happen? The norm is twice, in the fall and spring. During this process, the epidermis is also renewed along with the coat, it thickens and becomes loose.

German Shepherd Shedding

Before figuring out when a German Shepherd sheds, you need to understand the types of this process. There are a total of 3 types of coat changes:

Age-related shedding

Occurs among puppies, with the primary soft fur falling out and growing stiffer and spicier ones. At what age does this happen? The process begins at 4 months old and lasts until one year old.

Seasonal change

Occurs year-round. In the summer, Shepherds walk around in short coats with thin hairs (for high heat conductivity). In winter, they grow long and thick fur. The shedding begins in the spring and fall.

Compensatory shedding

Aimed at renewing the damaged hair. It occurs constantly, but its intensity is low. Change of coat goes on the whole body, including the face and paws, though this is not always noticeable.

When does a German Shepherd shed

German Shepherd in Winter

With an unbalanced diet, German Shepherds can shed for years.

Puppies experience shedding from four months old and go on for up to a year.

Usually, owners don’t notice it because the puppy’s coat is short and soft.

An adult dog sheds 2 times a year, this happens with changes in temperature and day duration.

Note that shedding can take a long time if the pet lives in an apartment because in this case, the German shepherd dog is in the same conditions all year round. After all, the temperature and light in the apartment do not change. However, the seasonality is observed, it just starts and fades smoothly, due to which it may seem that the Shepherd Dog sheds heavily all year round.

How does a German Shepherd Dog’s shedding go

Normally, a dog sheds very heavily for 1-2 weeks, although for house pets the process can stretch for 2-3 weeks. To speed it up, you need to brush the shepherd’s fur and wash it regularly. It will also help to get rid of tangles – clumps of hair that are very irritating to dogs’ skin. In addition, the procedure will reduce the likelihood of skin and hair parasites.

Why does a German Shepherd shed in December? Most likely, it is not cold enough, also the high temperature in the apartment delays the change of coat.

If there is nothing wrong with the environmental conditions, it may be a matter of heat. Females often shed before the heat. Finally, if this is not the case either, then the cause lies in a lack of B vitamins.

Why does a German Shepherd shed a lot?

German Shepherd Shed a lot

If your dog lives outside in a crate, you don’t have to worry when his hair suddenly begins to come into shreds. Active shedding is the norm for these dogs. It usually starts rather abruptly and finishes quickly, German Shepherds shed for 7-10 days, sometimes 2 weeks.

How many months can the change of coat last? If there is a lack of nutrients – all year round. Intense and prolonged shedding is not normal, it occurs in cases where the dog lacks vitamins, proteins, amino acids, or minerals, as well as in the case of skin allergic reactions. The cause can be serious pathologies: hormonal malfunctions, fungal diseases, and skin parasites.

What to do if your German Shepherd Dog is shedding a lot

GSD with a Brush

You can help a Shepherd dog to get rid of hair, as well as normalize nutrition. By no means should the dog be shaved, it needs the fur, without it, dermatological diseases will develop. Only the hair that falls out should be removed, for which the Shepherd is brushed with a stiff brush. How often this is done depends on the intensity of shedding. Such a procedure will help to get rid of falling hair, but will not return them to normal health.

The German Shepherd sheds a lot, what to do? To normalize the hair coat, you need to balance the dog’s diet.

The shepherd should eat mainly meat food, offal products can be fed (lungs, bones, rumen, liver). Porridge and vegetables can be introduced into the diet, but they should not exceed half of the total volume in the daily portion.

If you feed your pet with manufactured foods, no other products should be given to the dog, because ready-made foods are fully balanced in vitamins and minerals. Give preference to quality canned foods in the medium price range.

Do not prescribe vitamins for your dog yourself. They should be prescribed by a veterinarian. Hair loss can be due to a lack of minerals, amino acids, vitamins, unsaturated fatty acids, and other elements. There are a lot of them, which ones should be given to the dog, can only be determined by the doctor.

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